SuperSport's new signing Michael Boxall insists there's no added pressure following Jeremy Brockie's success
Posted: 28 June 2015 Time: 19:32
New SuperSport United recruit Michael Boxall admits there may be added expectation following compatriot Jeremy Brockie’s success in the PSL, but insists he’s not under any added pressure.
The 26-year-old was expected at training with his new side last week after penning a three-year deal with Matsatsantsa, joining from New Zealand outfit Wellington Phoenix, as he joins his fellow international teammate Brockie in Pretoria.
Brockie, who joined SuperSport in January, enjoyed a stellar first half-season in South Africa, scoring ten goals in all competitions as United finished sixth in the Absa Premiership standings, and his new club teammate and friend says he was not surprised at all how the striker settled in so quickly in the PSL.
“I've known Jeremy since we first played together about nine years ago and we know each other very well,” Boxall tells KickOff.com. “When he made his move and started banging in goals right away I wasn't surprised at all. He's always had that goal-scoring nous and can strike a ball as well as anyone I know.”
However, the defender says Brockie’s good start in South Africa doesn’t add any more pressure on his game, insisting the most pressure he feels is from himself.
“I think how well Brockie has done may have put some more expectation on myself, but I don't think there's anyone who puts more pressure on my performances than myself,” he says.
Boxall admits Brockie had spoken to him before signing for the Tshwane club.
“I think noticing how much he was enjoying life there, and how much his family seemed to love it was the biggest factor for me,” he says of his move to Mzansi’s capital.
The Kiwi international, who has nine caps to his name, reveals he knows bery little about South African football, but is hoping to settle in quickly and help his side enjoy success this season.
“From what I've seen, South Africa a beautiful country with friendly and passionate people,” he says. “It's all quite a bit unknown to me, which has me pretty excited about the experience.
“I'm hoping to settle in with the playing squad as quickly as possible and help the team challenge for trophies.”
SuperSport will be involved in the pre-season Cape Town Cup where they will face Premier League side Crystal Palace, before kicking off their League campaign against Orlando Pirates.